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4LN Comic Review: Spider-Gwen #1

Series: Spider-Gwen
Writer: Jason Latour
Artist: Robbi Rodriguez

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Summary from Comixology: “Spider-Gwen spins into her own series! Gwen Stacy is Spider-Woman, but you knew that already. What you don’t know is which friends and foes are waiting for her in the aftermath of Spider-Verse!”

Overview:
This is the series I have been looking forward to the most in 2015. Edge of Spider-Verse #2 was the first appernce of Spider-Gwen and it honestly took the comic book community by storm. I remember seeing it on the shelf, and I wasn’t sure if I wanted it or not. I took a gamble and it totally paid off. It feels like I have been counting down the days in February for this book to drop, and I thought it came out last week so I was bummed to learn I had to wait an extra week. But it was worth the wait, and now the long painful wait for next months issue has begun…

The Good:
There were so many great things about this book. From page 1 until the very end, I couldn’t stop getting hyped. So many cool things were going on. So many characters from the 616 Universe made appearances, but they are completely different from what you would expect. Two main ones being Frank Castle and Matt Murdock, I won’t spoil anything by giving details, but you will get a good laugh out if it. Speaking of, this book isn’t comedy but I found myself laughing at zingers and jokes during the book. It has a very serious tone, but yet balances humor along with it. Spider-Gwen shares that same smart-ass attitude that Peter can have at times. I want to also mention how much I love this creative team, Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez make an amazing team. The art is truly on point in the book and the lines are clean and solid, and the color makes the images pop off the pages. It’s truly a beautiful book. Jason Latour’s writing is easy to follow and the story builds up to some major cliffhangers. He does a great job at capturing that angsty frustrated alt-rocker feel. And it’s going to be fun seeing how Gwen can change the public’s opinion from Super Villain to Superhero. If Spider-Ham can do it, surly the people will learn to love Spider-Gwen as much as I do.

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Lows:
If you haven’t read Edge of Spider-Verse #2 or any of the Spider-Verse, you may be a little lost, but the “Previously” page does a great job catching you up on the origins of the character. But besides that, this issue was damn near perfect.

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Hipster Gwen

 

The Final Say:
Go buy this right now. Get this before it sells out like Edge of Spider-Verse #2 did. Gwen may be you new favorite spider. I know she’s mine now. I can’t stress enough how much I loved this issue. I have high hopes that the creative team will be able to keep up the great work, and I am excited to read next months issue! This comic gets a great score of 5 out of 5. It had everything you could possibly want in a comic and it’s a great start for a new vigilante hero. Once you read your issue of Spider-Gwen, be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below!

Music Pairing:
For this, I think you’ll want to listen to some Riot Grrrl music while you read. I suggest the always awesome Bikini Kill…

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